12 posts tagged with "inspiration"
In 1999, I was a soccer coach at St. Gregory’s University and just before the holiday break, I sat down with my mentor Father Victor Roberts to discuss the upcoming New Year. Over the course of an hour, he eloquently gave me a lesson, that to this day is one of my guiding principles. Read More
Maybe I’m alone, but this summer has left my ears ringing and heart broken. Since the middle of June, our species (yes that’s one thing we have in common) has raised its’ “Violent Voice” and SCREAMED into reality horrible acts of violence like the Orlando massacre, Istanbul bombing, and the senseless killings around the United States…which oddly enough made people SCREAM LOUDER! Read More
As the daughter of a sharecropper, Shirley Raines grew up working in the cotton fields of Western Tennessee. Each day as she labored, she would regularly see airplanes passing over and constantly dreamed of traveling the world. Years later, that dream was fulfilled when DOCTOR Shirley Raines began circling the globe as one of the most inspiring educators and thought leaders on the planet. Read More
Even though it’s been over twenty-five years since my wife made the decision to take our son and file for divorce, just recalling that moment brings me to tears. In addition to my marital catastrophe, I also lost my job, as well as the respect of friends and family…it was definitely the lowest point in my life and there’s no question at that time, I was NOT (whether with family or in my business) a Leader Worth Following! Read More
If we sat down and identified the traits and characteristics of champions, the list would be long. Now, I can't begin to guess what you'd have as the most endearing "MARK" of a champion, but mine would be HUMILITY. I’m guessing it stems from my little league baseball coach, who always said… Read More
When people ask about my twenty-eight year marriage, I usually say, “Kim is the anchor and I’m the sail. We’ve had an incredible life, because together we figured out when to stay put and when to go exploring.” It's been a amazing, because I know... Read More
The first time I heard, “play chess not checkers” I was attending All-Army soccer tryouts. The coach, Angus McAlpine must have shouted that line a million times in his heavy Scottish accent…well maybe not a million, but since most of them were directed at me, it sure seemed like that many. Read More
It’s fascinating to me that with all of the articles, books, talks, training, podcasts, events, and courses on the subject of Leadership, the importance of a “Battle Cry” is rarely addressed. Yet, if you study history, most of the Great Leaders of armies, countries, religions, athletic teams, and corporations have utilized one to rally their followers. Read More
Not long ago, my wife and I were at the food court in the mall, when we saw a teenager from our neighborhood working behind the counter. He quickly noticed us, came out, and with a downturned mouth immediately said… Read More
I was recently having lunch with a friend when his phone rang. He answered, and I heard him say, “Sorry honey, you know it’s football season.” He hung up and I asked if everything was okay? “Yeah, my daughter just wanted me to go with her friends and their dads to the mountains.” Since we’ve been close for a long time, I didn’t hold back…”Mountains with her friends, heck no! Football is WAY more important than spending time with your daughter.” Read More
Not long ago, I was on a date with my best friend, who also happens to be my wife. We watched the movie WILD and I found myself constantly cheering for Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon) to complete her walk of the Pacific Crest Trail. I did so, because after many years of reflecting on my own journey, I’m positive it’s the act of PERSEVERING that had the greatest impact on the creation of my incredible life.
Last week, I was honored to present at a leadership event in Kansas City with Larry Minnix, the outgoing CEO and President of LeadingAge Kansas, Madame Secretary Kari Bruffett, and Senator Vicki Schmidt. Although each of them spoke well and provided value to the audience, it was an unknown woman from the crowd who in my opinion, stole the show and inspired me to be a better person! Read More